History of Amen Ra Lodge #584 LDH Milwaukee Wis by Theresa Wysocki 33’ Nov 2017
Amen Ra Lodge was founded in July 1043 by members of Sirius Lodge #556: Helen Palmer Wycherley,
Annette Schmitt (mother of Marcella Lord) Elizabeth Anholt, and Marjorie Hurd Dawn. Elizabeth
Anholt introduced Co Freemasonry to Caroline Ross, Joy Mills,and Vera Bruce, Jack Bruce and Clara
Bruce, as well as Kathleen and John Hitchcock at the Theosophical Society in Milwaukee, Wis.
Meetings were first held at the Schmitts’ home, then at the Oddfellows Hall. Request for rental from the
Oddfellows resulted in the Male Masons of Milwaukee finding Co Freemasonry to be clandestine and
An effort to stop Amen Ra from meeting was taken to court. However the judge determined the suit
Unfounded and dismissed the case. The male masons tried to claim that we were unlawfully using
Masonic symbols. Meanwhile meetings were held above a bowling alley until the Oddfellows agreed
To rent to Amen Ra Lodge at a church on Hilda St. until it was sold. For several years four of us, Vera
Bruce, Joy Zick, Martha Long and I kept the lodge active by meeting at the home of Vera Bruce.
Finally the Oddfellows built a kitchen in anticipation of building a new temple. We met in the
kitchen, which was the size of the carpet, until membership grew. During this time, Sirius lodge
members assisted us with ceremonies. Geneva Rice found the next Meeting place at Marian Hall.
It too was sold in 2016. However we found our current place in the hall of the Elks Club.
Amen Ra members held strong during trying times of unrest in Larkspur and Illinois.
In 2005,2008, and 2010 and again this year 2018, Amen Ra and Sirius Lodge hosted the Federation convention at the DeKoven center in Racine Wis.
We look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of our beginnings at the Convention.
Throughout the ages there have always been mystics, whether in darkness or in an age of illumination, although relatively few they return in all cultures and in many forms. First of all,let me try to define the word mystic and to bring it down to an understandable level. It would be a male or female who had a personal experience of direct knowledge of the source of all things, it is a different kind of knowing without belief or scientific knowledge,”A Knowing” In other words, the development of the spiritual consciousness. The art of mysticism can be learned by anyone and unfolded with practice and time, but it is not a belief system nor is it synonymous with religion since being a spiritual being was the first cause of the body taking its first breath.
This path usually starts by the seeker asking questions usually only answered by a force within them,WHY AM I HERE? WHAT IS LIFE? WHAT IS THE UNIVERSE? IS THERE MORE TO REALITY? Having the tools to answer these questions that arise have been practiced before the recorded history of humanity. From sages to poets, philosophers, Gnostic Christians, yogi’s, shamans, and the Sufi’s they have all spoken of an individual experience of a Divine Nature, Louis Claude de St. Martin said “All mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country.”
With all shades of people come all opinions and that is what being free is, the ability to share your thoughts freely without repercussion. Many people will have a different understanding of the fusion of the Divine Will and that is fine since experiences of mystical or non mystical truths shape us all. Your true nature is in the Soul and we should all try to unfold that nature the best way we can and Freemasonry have assisted many in this alchemical transmutation.